New Year’s Eve (NYE) London Fireworks
Erin and I learned a bit about selecting a way to celebrate NYE in London as we sought to usher in 2012.
Here are tips on both FREE and expensive ways to spend the NYE.
The most enjoyable part of our NYE was FREE. Beat of all we both avoided crowds AND saw the London fireworks over the London Eye live.
We watched from a spot near the Lambeth North tube stop on the Bakerloo line. Here’s a 30 second video looks like from this point.
It was a memorable 11 minutes. We discovered an even better spot on our way over to Elephant & Castle. Our new secret spot is on Black Friar Road between Pocock and Webber. You can fully see half the London Eye from here!
We spent the time before the fireworks at the Windmill pub on The Cut. It was possible to get a seat, people were mellow, and we enjoyed a bottle of prosecco.
We also purchased tickets to Eastern Electrics. I’ve wanted to see the London Electronic music scene for like 10 years. We went to the club at 1:00am and were able to see part of Laurent Gaultier’s set.
Here are some other tips for New Year’s Eve revelry in London;
• Another FREE option that was recommended to us was watching the fireworks show up on the hill in the Hempstaead Heath or at Primrose Hill.
• Book party tickets well in advance of your trip to ensure availability for you top choice
• Consider booking a hotel room overlooking the Thames. You’ll have the choice of watching fireworks in private from your room or booking guests only tickets to a party with a view. I’d look into staying at the Marriott for my next NYE visit.
• Saw one intriguing party at the Savoy for £1.000 if you have an excessive budget.